That Old Saying

Power concedes nothing without a demand; it never has and it never will.

One major sub-clause in this Douglassian sociological rule is the reality that, for some people, it is easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism.

Include in that group the International Energy Agency (a sub-unit of the OECD). Here is their new chart of one major feature their vision of a sustainable future:

AEI/OECD Graphic from May 2021

What this graphic depicts is a world where all new cars sold in the world 8 years from now will be powered by electric engines.

DbC is tempted to accept large wagers from folks out there who think this stands a snowball’s chance in Hades of coming true.

The larger point, of course, is whether a world premised on selling 60 million new automobiles every year can ever be sustainable. Electric cars are not composed of pixie dust. Electricity is not magic generated by human will-power. Cars-first transportation also requires geographic sprawl and a vast, elaborate material infrastructure.

Here at DbC, one of our pet hypotheses is the claim that EVs are a capitalist Trojan Horse, an effort to stave off discussion of what green living would really look like. Thus, the sooner we start to oppose EVs, the better.